Tom Roston

Doc Soup: Art Starts a Dialogue Between Criminals and Victims in ‘Concrete, Steel & Paint’

What happens when the documentary ends but the issue festers? This question rang in my head while noshing on radishes and beer at the Manhattan headquarters of the Ford Foundation, which hosted a recent screening of the very compelling and subtly complex Concrete, Steel & Paint. The film is about a group of men at

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Doc Soup: The 10 Greatest Rockumentaries of All Time (Okay, This List Goes to 11!)

Love is blind. So is our taste in music. And that also logically applies to lists of one’s favorite rockumentaries. So, yes, this list is subjective. And I’m going to reinforce that point by illustrating why some of these films are important to me. I hope you will share your favorite rockumentaries — personal reminiscences encouraged! — in the comments section below.

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Doc Soup: Reviewing Docs from the Past: A Look Back at ‘Dont Look Back’

Bob Dylan in the iconic Subterranean Homesick Bluesmusic video from D A Pennebaker’s Dont Look Back Dont Look Back is as ironic a title as I could hope for in my series in which I look back at classic documentaries. (It’s been a while since the first one.) But I’ve had rockumentaries — an all-encompassing

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Doc Soup: Werner Herzog Takes Us to the Extreme Once Again with ‘Cave of Forgotten Dreams’

Production still from Werner Herzog’s 3-D documentaryCave of Forgotten Dreams After an impressive week of documentary premieres on television — first there’s Monday’s Stonewall Uprising, about the uprising that launched the gay rights movement, and then there’s Tuesday’s Marwencol, about a man with an unusual form of self-therapy — there’s a great reason to get

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Doc Soup: HBO’s ‘Cinema Verite’ Revisits PBS Proto-Reality-TV Series ‘An American Family’

Mark your calendars! This Saturday (April 23, 2011), HBO premieres its film, Cinema Verite, about what’s commonly known as the first reality television show. It’s a fictional re-creation of the nonfiction filmmaking of a real thing. If that’s a tough concept to get your head around, don’t worry, HBO will be serving it with a

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Special Report: Doc Soup Man Gets First Look at Pro-Nuclear Energy Doc, ‘Energy on Trial’

On March 14, Gary Jobson showed his documentary, Energy on Trial, which he’d been working on for a year and a half, to a rapt audience in an Idaho Falls movie theater. The film is about Earth’s ever-depleting energy resources, and while Jobson embraces the need to intelligently utilize everything we can to keep our

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Doc Soup: Review of ‘The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975′

MoMA’s New Directors / New Films festival kicks off Wednesday in New York City, and lasts until April 3, once again bringing to light a sometimes esoteric, but usually intriguing selection of movies. Not exactly overflowing in the documentary department, the fest does offer at least one must-see: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. The film

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Doc Soup: Q&A with the Directors of ‘Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone’

I envy everyone (including POV peeps) who are in Texas right now. That’s because they’re in close proximity to what promises to be a very awesome day of black funk-ska-punk-rock n’ roll, all thanks to the very cool documentary, Everyday Sunshine, which is screening on Thursday at the SXSW Festival in Austin. The film is

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Doc Soup: What do You Think are the Ten Best Documentaries About Women?

March is Women’s History Month so it makes sense to recognize the fact that the documentary industry is largely run by women. As I’ve discussed before, some of the most powerful people in docs are women (Cara Mertes, Sheila Nevins, Diane Weyermann, Ally Derks, Molly Thompson, etc.) and some of the most prominent doc directors

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